WordPress Theme Customizer or Options Panel - Which is better for blog themes?

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BloomPixel
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Hello Guys

I was just wondering if it is good to use WordPress theme customizer than any other options panel to provide customization options to users for a simple blog theme. I am noticing that few authors are providing theme customizer option now days. I am confused which one to use for my next theme/themes.

Can you guide me in a better way?

Thanks

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tommusrhodus
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Theme customiser every time, stick with the solution WP provides

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ThemeBeans
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Theme customiser every time, stick with the solution WP provides

Double +1 on this. TC is the only way to go.

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DistinctiveThemes
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Theme customiser every time, stick with the solution WP provides

The big man is right BloomPixel – and with coolness like this around, http://kirki.org/ you really should use the regular customizer :)

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BloomPixel
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Thanks for the feedback guys :)

I was little bit confused while working with customizer that whether I should work with it or not. But you made it clear that it’s the best way to use.

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goofydadog
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As a end user of many many themes on here, please do not stick all the options in the customizer! It is so annoying to navigate. Provide an options panel! All the big themes on here do.

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tommusrhodus
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As a end user of many many themes on here, please do not stick all the options in the customizer! It is so annoying to navigate. Provide an options panel! All the big themes on here do.

The introduction of WP 4.0 adds a new “paging” system to this customiser, so these options panels are about to become a lot more organised :)

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meks
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I must disagree with you who think the customizer is always the best option. If your theme has only couple of “display” options, then yes, use the customizer. But if your theme has many many options, then options page is probably much better way.

From our experience so far, having a lot of options in theme customiser make users hard to follow all the stuff. Personally, we like to describe each option with lots of text so people better understand what they are doing and this is almost impossible and looks very messy with customizer.

@tommusrhodus WordPress customizer is obviously more “WordPress friendly”, can’t wait to see the “user friendly” improvements in 4.0.

Cheers

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ChapterThemes
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It is plain and simple:

The WordPress customizer is all about appearance and should be only used for visible/appearance options.

All other options which have nothing ( directly ) to do with how a theme looks should be in a separate settings page.

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BloomPixel
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I must disagree with you who think the customizer is always the best option. If your theme has only couple of “display” options, then yes, use the customizer. But if your theme has many many options, then options page is probably much better way.

I think customizer is good for blog themes then. Because blog themes don’t offer much options. But complex themes, an options panel is definitely a better option. I can’t say much about it because I never offered customizer in my themes.

BTW you getting good sales, any secrets? ;)

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